Leidos of Reston, VA announced on October 30 the appointment of Rob Thomas II as vice president for Strategic Accounts and Government Relations. Thomas formerly served as acting assistant secretary, Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer (CIO) for Veterans Affairs. In his new role, the retired CIO will aim to strengthen Leidos’ customer relationships and drive organic growth strategies.
As Veterans Affairs acting assistant secretary, Thomas oversaw the day-to-day activities of the VA’s $4.5 billion IT budget and more than 16,000 government and contract personnel to ensure the agency had the IT tools and services needed to support our nation’s veterans. Thomas has over 35 years of combined federal service and previously served as principal deputy assistant secretary and deputy CIO at VA, acting CIO and deputy CIO at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, deputy chief of staff for Warfighting Integration, deputy CIO of the Department of the Air Force, and executive director at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB, Texas.
“Rob is an accomplished and highly respected government senior executive. His extensive experience in information technology, cybersecurity and government services will have an immediate impact on our strategic and government relations team,” said Gerry Fasano, Leidos executive vice president and chief of Business Development and Strategy.
Thomas holds a bachelor of science from Wayland Baptist University and a master of science from Colorado Technical University. He has completed several programs at respected institutions including the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.